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If You Think Mariah Can Sing, You Haven't Heard These Bats
Bats Share Something
Big With Death Metal Singers
NEW STUDY

Bats Share Something Big With Death Metal Singers

Study cites creatures' 'tremendous' 7-octave vocal range that even surpasses Mariah Carey's, Prince's

(Newser) - If you remain impressed (and you should) by the multioctave vocal range shown by Mariah Carey, Axl Rose, and the late Prince, there's a group of crooners that may awe you even more. A new study out of the University of Southern Denmark points to the "tremendous" vocal...

40 Years Later, the Sequel We've All Waited For

Rob Reiner to direct follow-up to 1984's 'Spinal Tap,' with Shearer, Guest, McKean all on board

(Newser) - Get ready to turn it up to 11 , because there's a Spinal Tap sequel in the works. Rob Reiner will once more take the director's seat in the follow-up to his 1984 mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, with Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest all set to...

Metal Band Named Omicron Says It Won't Change Its Name
Death-Metal Band's Name
Has Unfortunate Timing
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Death-Metal Band's Name Has Unfortunate Timing

Belgian group Omicron says it's named after a constellation, not the latest coronavirus variant

(Newser) - Even bad publicity is supposedly good publicity, but whoever coined that phrase likely wasn't part of a death-metal band that shared its name with a coronavirus variant. Such a band formed two years ago, before COVID had overtaken the globe, and now the little-known Belgian group Omicron (which has...

Man Gets 25 Years in Prison for Torching Black Churches

Prosecutors: Holden Matthews, 23, burned down 3 La. churches to impress 'black metal' fans

(Newser) - Three Black churches in Louisiana whose roots stretch back to the post-Civil War Reconstruction period were burned to the ground in 2019, and now a 23-year-old white man is being held accountable for what a DOJ official calls "acts of hate." Holden Matthews, who pleaded guilty to three...

Death Metal: Does It Really Make You Violent?
This Song Could Open
Your Mind to Violence
new study

This Song Could Open Your Mind to Violence

But not for people who already like death metal

(Newser) - "Carve me up, slice me apart/Suck my guts and lick my heart." So sings the death metal band Bloodbath in "Eaten"—a tribute to cannibalism, from the victim's point of view—but do such lyrics desensitize death metal fans to violence? Not according to a...

Metal Band Breaks Up in 'Epic' Way
Metal Band
Breaks Up
in 'Epic' Way

Metal Band Breaks Up in 'Epic' Way

Witchrot has a lot more fans after viral Facebook post

(Newser) - Well, this is awkward. A Canadian metal band has broken up after two members of it were part of an infidelity triangle—dirty laundry that was aired very publicly. "Due to the unfortunate reality of our guitarist f---ing my girlfriend of almost 7 years WITCHROT will be taking an...

Metal Band Had Army of Fake Fans
Metal Band Had Army
of Fake Fans
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Metal Band Had Army of Fake Fans

'The entire history of Threatin is a lie,' opening band says of group on UK tour

(Newser) - The musician known as Jered Threatin definitely gets points for ambition and creativity. But that likely isn't endearing him, nor his heavy metal band Threatin, to venue managers in the UK, where the California group kicked off a tour promising loads of headbangers and delivering—well, in the case...

Men Flee Nursing Home to Attend Heavy Metal Festival

Police managed to locate the metalheads

(Newser) - Some 75,000 people were expected to attend the world's largest heavy-metal festival last weekend, and just two of those attendees are getting international press. That's because the German men allegedly fled their nursing home Friday in order to go to Wacken Open Air, which featured the likes...

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies at 54
A Heavy Metal
Legend, Gone at 54
OBITUARY

A Heavy Metal Legend, Gone at 54

Pantera's Vinnie Paul has died

(Newser) - When Vincent Paul Abbott co-founded his heavy metal band in 1981, he likely didn't know that it would enjoy multi-decade success, earn four Grammy nominations, and have a near-constant place on the Billboard charts. But that's exactly the path Pantera took, which is why fans are devastated to...

Heavy Metal Band Accused of Kidnapping

Decapitated has had to put their American tour on hold

(Newser) - The members of a Polish death metal band who were scheduled to play a show in Mesa, Ariz., last night instead found themselves in a Los Angeles County Jail cell. All four members of Decapitated were arrested early Saturday morning after their Friday night concert in Santa Ana, Calif., on...

Metal Singer Calls Out Groper at Rock Festival

Sam Carter witnessed a man grabbing a female crowdsurfer during Architects set

(Newser) - The leader of a British heavy metal band literally stopped the show Friday to defend a female fan from sexual assault. Sam Carter was performing with his band, Architects, Friday afternoon at the Lowlands Festival in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands, when he witnessed a man groping the female fan while she...

10 Best Metal Albums Ever
The 10 Best
Heavy Metal
Albums Ever

The 10 Best Heavy Metal Albums Ever

'Rolling Stone' list includes 2 from Black Sabbath

(Newser) - Maybe 1986 should be remembered as a standout year in the world of heavy metal. Why? Well, three of the top 10 albums on Rolling Stone 's list of the 100 greatest metal albums of all time were released that year. The best of the best metal albums from...

Music Fest Makes Hardcore Investment in Fans' Drinking

A pipeline will bring in 105K gallons of beer to heavy-metal aficionados

(Newser) - Concertgoers at Germany's annual Wacken Open Air music festival are hardcore, and soon their drinking setup will be, too. Vice's Munchies reports that organizers for the fest—which takes place in August and will this year include the likes of Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Megadeth, plus dozens...

12-Year-Old Bassist Joining Korn, Briefly

He's filling in for the band's regular bassist

(Newser) - Korn is a hard-rocking metal band ... with a 12-year-old bassist, at least for a brief time. The pre-teen in question, Tye Trujillo, is the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. He'll be filling in for Korn's regular bassist, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, during the South American leg of...

Ozzy's Iconic Heavy Metal Band Is Done

Black Sabbath puts on final show

(Newser) - Black Sabbath called it a career Saturday night in the place where it all began 50 years earlier. Ozzy Osbourne and crew put on their final show for fans in Birmingham, England, concluding a legendary run with the band's first hit, "Paranoid," reports the BBC . "Thank...

Study: '80s Metalheads Turned Out Pretty Great

They're satisfied with life, have fewer regrets

(Newser) - Heavy metal was the No. 1-selling music genre in 1989, and parents feared the worst: that Satan worship, drug use, loads of sex, and suicide went along with it, write researchers in the journal Self and Identity . Records were burned, "Parental Advisory" warning labels were born, and some '...

'Brilliant' Babymetal Upsets 'Troo' Metalheads

Many critics love Japanese metal-pop band

(Newser) - The Japanese band Babymetal mixes headbanging with J-pop melodies and choreography in a way that "upsets the status quo"—and that's a good thing, writes Adrien Begrand at NPR . While metal fans are divided over the trio of Japanese teen girls (Suzuka Nakamoto, Yui Mizuno, and Moa...

8th-Grade Metal Band Signs Record Deal With Sony

Unlocking the Truth could be reap nearly $1.8M

(Newser) - Their voices only recently dropped, but that didn't keep a hot new metal band from signing a record deal with Sony. All three members of Unlocking the Truth will be starting eighth grade next year, but in addition to their two-album contract (with an option for at least another...

'Excessive Headbanging' Could Kill, Say Researchers

But researchers assure us that 'rock 'n' roll will never die'

(Newser) - Researchers are warning of the dangers of seriously rocking out. Doctors in Germany treated a 50-year-old man last year who suffered from a brain injury tied to headbanging, they say, per Wired . "He had no history of head trauma, but reported headbanging at a Motörhead concert four weeks...

American Drummer Jailed for 'Insulting Islam'

James Kottak was drunk in Dubai airport, authorities say

(Newser) - Drunk and sweary is no way to go through a Dubai airport, a Scorpions member has discovered. James Kottak, the German heavy metal band's American drummer, was sentenced to a month in prison in the emirate for allegedly ranting about "non-educated" Muslims, giving the middle finger to fellow...

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